Sufi Women Organization

Welcome to SWO

Sufi Women Organization (SWO) was founded by Dr. Nahid Angha, and established in 1993 under the auspices of the International Association of Sufism, the only Sufi organization recognized as a United Nations NGO/DPI. As a forum of all women, across all backgrounds and faith traditions, SWO has been tremendously successful in gathering and supporting women from diverse backgrounds who share dedication to the protection and advancement of human rights. SWO contributes to many international organizations, including through its own grantmaking initiative, Women's Wisdom Women in Action Service Appreciation Grants. SWO Membership is open to people of all genders, who support human rights and dignity for all people, especially the women and children of the world. Our members include students, teachers, mothers, fathers, grandparents, therapists, aid workers, professionals, physicians, social workers, community activists, and more.

Speaker Series

Under the direction of Dr. Nahid Angha, the Sufi Women Organization hosts a semi-annual speaker presentation program, Women’s Wisdom: Women in Action. Through this program, SWO honors leaders, activists, and humanitarians who have provided exemplary services, and seeks to bring people together to learn, to build community, and to cultivate ways of living and working that are oriented toward dignity, health and service.

Registration coming soon!
November 12, 2022
Belvie Rooks and Kahontakwas Diane Longboat in dialogue

Donation Drive

As one of SWO’s many projects to support housing, food and basic needs, we are hosting an annual Gifts of Peace Donation Drive. Please support this virtual drive by offering what you can in donation. Let’s try to make a big impact this year as we launch this drive. Donations are tax deductible. Thank you for joining SWO in promoting the community health and well-being!This year we are supporting these two local organizations:

One Warm Coat, based out of San Francisco supports donations of coats to adults and children. One dollar donation provides one coat.

SF-Marin Food Bank supports people locally with food donation and advocates for reform at the state and national levels to change policy around issues of hunger and resource management. Note: Before September 30, 2022, your donation to the Food Bank will be matched by Delta Dental, which means your gift will be doubled.

Wisdom’s Wisdom: Women in Action
Service Appreciation Grant

The Women’s Wisdom: Women in Action program established in 1999 by Dr. Nahid Angha, is offering Annual Service Appreciation Grants. Service Appreciation Grants honor and support those who have shown excellence in the following areas:

        • Significantly improving the quality of life of women through social programs: health care, employment, and conflict resolution

        • Advocating to reduce poverty among women

        • Improving gender equality in public and/or private life

        • Promoting women’s and girls’ right to access education

The Women’s Wisdom: Women in Action Service Appreciation Grant program is designed to honor and support the work of a woman or a women-led organization in rural neighborhoods. Nominations for candidates is solicited and invited solely by the Women in Action program. All candidates must be nominated by a colleague(s) or by an individual(s) who has come to understand the work of the woman or women-led organization, and all nominees are reviewed by a panel of judges. Previous recipients include:

Itaf Awad, Dabbouriya, Galile
Solange Aquino, Portugal
Dima Samman, Jerusalem
Ruth Nalyanya, Kenya
Fatima Sheriff Alhassan, Nigeria
Jane Keji Alex, South Sudan
Isabelle Kamariza, Rwanda
Tecla Namachanja, Kenya
Denan Project, Ethiopia

Become a Member of SWO

Becoming a member of the Sufi Women Organization is the best way to connect with a truly diverse group of like-minded women from around the world while supporting the many humanitarian, social service projects of SWO.

SWO Council

Nahid Angha, Ph.D., a Sufi scholar and an author, is a co-director of the International Association of Sufism (IAS), executive editor of the quarterly journal, Sufism: An Inquiry,  and founder of the International Sufi Women Organization. She is the main representative of IAS to the United Nations NGO/DPI. She is a human rights activist who has created an ongoing humanitarian work that includes supporting clean water projects and medical services in refugee areas, educational scholarships, grant awards assisting women-owned small businesses, and promoting education and equity for women and girls in rural areas. She has been a university professor, featured in numerous books and collections, served in various leadership roles in interfaith organizations, and is an inductee to the Marin Women’s Hall of Fame.
Leili First, Ph.D., a student of Uwaiysi Sufism, is a long-time member of the International Association of Sufism and a charter member of Sufi Women Organization. From its inception she has actively supported programs and projects in support of the rights of women, in the local community and around the world. Dr. First has given lectures on Sufism and Women in Islam at colleges and universities and presented at the Annual Sufism Symposium and Parliament of the World’s Religions. She has served on the Marin Interfaith Council, and as an SWO representative at the United Nations meeting of NGOs. She holds a Ph.D. in Transformative Studies.
Mary Granick, MFT, with clients in both California and New Mexico, is a member of the SWO Council, a student of Uwaiysi Sufism and a member of the International Association of Sufism. She has contributed articles in the SPF Newsletter and the journal, Sufism: An Inquiry. She is one of the co-authors of the book, Human Self, Volume I: Body. She has presented her work with Sufism and Psychology at various retreats in the Bay Area. Mary is grateful for the opportunities to serve on various committees and programs for the International Association of Sufism, and for the wisdom and dedication of her teachers, Dr. Nahid Angha, and Dr. Ali Kianfar, who for her, are the perfect mirror of living a life dedicated to humanity and a love for the divine.

Arife Hammerle, Ph.D., holds a Juris Doctorate and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She has extensive experience working with clients on relationship development, self growth and communication issues in the Community Healing Centers program affiliated with the International Association of Sufism. She has written many articles and is frequently called upon to give lectures and lead workshops in psycho-spiritual knowledge, Sufi Principles and Practices and Meditation. Dr. Hammerle is a member of the SWO Council. Her work has always focused on social change for the advancement of women and girls. She is a member of the International Association of Sufism and a student of Sufism and an accomplished author who has completed research linking psychology and spirituality.

Elizabeth Miller, Ph.D., is a student of Uwaiysi Sufism under the guidance of Dr. Nahid Angha and Shah Nazar Seyyed Dr. Ali Kianfar. She is a member of the Sufi Women Organization Council, and under Dr. Angha’s leadership helps to support the Women’s Wisdom Women in Action Service Appreciation grant program and speaker series. She also serves on the editorial team for Sufism: An Inquiry.  She has a background in science and works as an educator, assessment specialist and book editor. She is co-founder of a Bay Area educational nonprofit and an instructor at Dominican University of California in the Department of Philosophy and Religion.
Sarah Hastings Mullin, Ph.D., is a member of the Sufi Women Organization council and a member of the International Association of Sufism. Having attended all girls’ schools and a women’s college she recognizes the gift she received in being well supported and empowered throughout her life and she has felt called to support other women. She is a clinical psychologist with a private practice. Her clinical interests include increasing self esteem and self confidence, especially for women, pregnancy/post partum, anxiety and existential/transpersonal explorations. Her dissertation and subsequent publications have focused on the potential for higher states of self development and direct knowing as taught by Seyedeh Dr. Nahid Angha and Shah Nazar Seyed Dr. Ali Kianfar. She holds a second degree black belt in Aikido.
Amineh Amelia Pryor, Ph.D., has been an active member of SWO since its inception. She serves on the planning council and has been involved in many SWO and other humanitarian and service-oriented projects and programs. Dr. Pryor has a background in community-based mental health and is the co-director of the Community Healing Centers, a non-profit psychotherapy practice in San Francisco and Marin. She is an international presenter on Sufism and psychology and has published books and written numerous articles on psychology, spirituality, and science.

Nancy Roybal has been active member of the SWO Council from 2012 to the present under the guidance of Dr. Nahid Angha, founder of the Sufi Women Organization (SWO), a department of the International Association of Sufism.  She is the editor of the Sufi Women Quarterly Newsletter. She has served on the Harvest fundraising committee, and supports the recipients of the Women’s Wisdom Women in Action service appreciation grant program. Nancy is a key member of the Women Wisdom Women in Action lecture series committee and the Marin Interfaith Council board of directors. She is a women’s rights activist with a long history of promoting active relationships with international humanitarian organizations.